My art represents a past of childhood abuse, addiction, and a life long struggle with mental illness. Trying to put things together over time, piece by piece with much thought and reflection until each piece fits precisely where I want it. It is much easier in art than in life. Art and life are one and the same to me. I hide things in my pieces as things about myself are still hidden in me, hopefully to be discovered. Putting a piece together takes a lot of time, just like putting a life back together. My time is spent searching for all those pieces in art and in life.
I am excited to share with you my collection of work titled “Exploration.” These pieces reflect the various stages of my three-year journey in encaustic painting. After a long break from the fine arts, I found myself needing to disconnect from the daily barrage of technology. So, I taught myself the basics of encaustics and I began experimenting in photo encaustics. I soon transitioned into abstract landscapes and nonrepresentational pieces. I enjoy exploring the texture, translucent quality, and fluidity that can be achieved through the medium.
M. Scott Phifer — “Unplanned Parts”
When I am painting, I am having a conversation with the canvas, paint and eventually the artwork itself. Sometimes the conversation is a short chat. Sometimes the conversation is a long drawn out affair that takes weeks. And because of that, I believe, my artwork reflects my life. There are a few overwhelming themes in my artwork, family and friends, love, angels and mothers.
Would be happy to help other artist bring their own ideas to fruition.
I am an expressionistic abstract artist. I work intuitively with one mark leading to the next, experimenting and playing with various materials, tools, techniques and the elements of line, color, shape, space and texture paying careful attention to creating bold and dynamic compositions. Occasionally, I find myself working realistically as well. This work might be classified as being more of a blended style of impressionism and realism capturing the essence of the subject. In whatever style I find myself working in, good composition and design are very important to me.
Here are the ingredients contained within my style: Art Nouveau. Dr. Seuss. Thomas Hart Benton. Aubrey Beardsley. Robert Crumb. Wes Wilson. Eric Pervukhin. 1960s & 70s pop culture. Tim Burton. Children's books. Old photographs. MC Escher. Joseph Cornell. Jan Svankmajer. Flannery O' Connor. Mark Twain. Willow Trees. Grandpa's Cabin. Floating on the Finley river. Growing a beautiful garden. The sweetness and heartache of childhood memories. The longing to be understood. A deep and abiding loneliness. The way an apple tastes outdoors.
Carol Chappell and Joan Gentry share a common interest and concern about the environment. They use recycled objects to create works of art which may be whimsical, humorous, elegant, nostalgic, or that make a social statement. According to Chappell and Gentry, part of the challenge of working with recycled materials is to be able to see and use these items in a totally new way.